Tulum’s Best Beach Clubs 2023: Hot Spots to Hidden Gems

The best best beach clubs in bohemian Tulum to visit now, zen vibes to party vibes to everything in between.

Last updated: June 2023

Tulum, the once tiny, off-the-beaten-path beach destination tucked into Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, isn’t so tiny anymore. And neither is its offering of boho beach hangs boasting postcard-perfect white sand, swaying palms and spectacular ocean views. Visit Tulum today and you’ll have your pick of a dizzying number of said beachfront locales, all awaiting your arrival with everything from daybeds and cabanas to craft cocktails and beachside bites, oceanfront massages to infinity pools-with-a-view. With so many options, which to choose?

From zen vibes to party vibes and everything in between, we give you our tried and true guide to Tulum’s very best beach clubs to visit now.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: La Zebra

A Tulum original, La Zebra continues to stand the test of time as a go-to beach hang for tourists and Tuluminatis alike. Cushioned daybeds abound, as do excellent craft cocktails (mezcalitas are 2×1 on Tuesdays) and arguably the best and most authentic Mexican cuisine you can enjoy on the Tulum beachfront. All, underscored by a seemingly effortless commitment to welcoming, friendly service and a lively yet laid-back atmosphere.

TIP: Stay for dinner by reserving the exclusive Chef’s Table at La Zebra. Chef Eleazar Bonilla hosts the private culinary experience, unfolding as an 8-course journey into rooted Mexican cuisine complete with open kitchen and chef-in-action views.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Bagatelle

The new Mexican-Caribbean outpost of legendary hospitality group Bagatelle, this day-to-night hot spot is one of Tulum’s most recent and highly anticipated openings. Exuberant purveyors of joie de vivre – the concept of enjoying life to its fullest rooted in the brand’s South of France origins – Bagatelle Tulum delivers with an experience best described as celebratory, whimsical and luxurious. Come here to enjoy a chic, daybed-dotted wonderland by day, where endlessly flowing champagne is met with equally endless ocean views – perhaps best enjoyed from the sparkling swimming pool.

Standouts from the kitchen include Bagatelle’s signature Black Truffle Pizza (if you’re a truffle addict like we are, you can’t miss this – we’re still dreaming about every bite) or the highly ‘grammable Avocado Pizza, plus the Marinated Sea Bass and Angus Beef Tartare Tacos. The Picnic Basket is a fun pick, and don’t skimp on dessert – the Tropeziénne a la vanille is like eating a piece of heaven.

While this guide is meant to focus on beach clubs, we would be remiss not to mention Bagatelle Tulum’s transition into a fabulous, fanciful and (literally) fired up dining scene at night. 

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Maxanab

This one flies under the radar and for good reason. A beachfront haven to truly get away from it all, those seeking peace, relaxation and zen vibes only should head to Maxanab. You won’t find parties, DJs or a “scene” here. Instead, you’ll find a beautiful boutique hotel committed to providing a calm, tranquil experience in a seriously chic setting – pool goals included. A head’s up that when Maxanab is at full occupancy with hotel guests, they limit day visitors to just 10. Best to call ahead and make a reservation if you have your heart set on a day of true tropical bliss. 

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Ahau

One of Tulum’s original hotel groups, we love that Ahau continues to respect and support this magical slice of paradise in a number of ways. Committed to true sustainability and environmental consciousness, Ahau is Green Key Certified (only 75 properties in all of Mexico hold this claim) as well as founded the global, community-driven arts festival Art With Me. Head to Ahau’s beautiful beachfront for zen vibes in a hip, OG setting, not to mention one of the top – if not the top – photo ops in all of Tulum (case in point, above).

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: CINCO

One of the newer additions to Tulum’s beachfront scene, we love Cinco for it’s totally unpretentious vibe, rustic-chic atmosphere and refreshingly reasonable prices. Fresh island fare accommodates palates plant based to meat based, like the exceptionally delicious burger (hand-ground from rib-eye steak), hearty vegan bowl and plethora of tacos. Not just a beach club, Cinco also offers beachfront glamping for those truly wanting to spend the day (and night) in paradise.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Kanan

Think Flintstones meets Swiss Family Robinson meets seriously chic, and you have Kanan: holding claim as one of the more unique offerings on the Tulum beachfront. The best way to experience Kanan? By reserving a private, elevated nest in its beachfront “treehouse,” complete with daybeds, fringed umbrellas and a bird’s eye view (literally and figuratively) of the sparkling Mexican-Caribbean ocean. Don’t forget to take a dip in the oasis-like swimming pool, where you’ll find waterfalls, a secluded jacuzzi area and a swim-up bar.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: NEST

NEST has stayed committed to respecting the history and lifestyle of the region’s native Maya land, culture and spirituality since the mid-1990s. In fact, the name itself is an homage to the array of protected turtle nests that inhabit the property’s pristine beachfront. Arguably one of Tulum’s best-kept secrets, visit NEST today for zen vibes only in a decidedly tranquil, stylish and rooted setting. Soak in spectacular oceanfront views while noshing on modern Caribbean cuisine from jungleside kitchen NÜ Tulum, like a selection of expertly-crafted tacos ranging from sea fare to land fare to vegan.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Casa Malca

An easy choice for art aficionados, Pablo Escobar buffs or anyone who likes to see and be seen, this former home of the infamous drug kingpin is worth the splurge for an epic beach day on the south end of the Tulum hotel zone. Bought by renowned New York art collector and gallery owner Lio Malca in 2012, the original mansion has now been renovated and expanded into today’s Casa Malca: an über-luxurious, 71-room boutique hotel filled with valuable pieces from Malca’s own art collection (boasting the likes of Keith Haring, Marion Peck and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name a few). Plus: three on-site restaurants, a glimmering swimming pool (that happens to extend below ground) and a pristine, daybed-dotted beachfront.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Amansala

A true Tulum original, Amansala holds claim as one of the town’s very first beachfront hotels. The property practically coined the term “eco-chic,” known for its world-class yoga and fitness retreats held on the sprawling, bohemian grounds. If you’re looking for a beach day experience that’s authentically Tulum, this is it. Expect a laid-back vibe in boho surrounds, where healthy island fare (think: a Grilled Garlic Shrimp Bowl, Green Goddess Salad and Blackened Fish Tacos) can be enjoyed on the beachfront, by the pool or restaurant-with-a-view.

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Best Beach Clubs in Tulum: Hotel Bardo

Not a beach club at all, Hotel Bardo easily deserves a spot on this list nonetheless. Tucked into the jungle on the edge of Tulum Centro, this hidden gem is our go-to for a peaceful, poolside day hang. Zen vibes abound as you enter the hotel and emerge into a beautiful open-air oasis, where you’ll find a restaurant, cocktail bar, fire pit and the chicest touches everywhere you turn – all centered around a stunning, sprawling swimming pool. Complete with consistently welcoming and friendly service, this secluded oasis is an easy choice to catch up on some serious R&R in Tulum.

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